On March 5th, Bilal brings his own live band to the windy city for a rare Chicago performance by the Philadelphia-born Soulquarian. Bilal's 2010 album Airtight's Revenge was arguably one of the best soul albums of the year, getting incredible feedback from both his peers and the press. The remixes, the covers and videos that came along with it were all leading to this - the tour. If you're in Chicago next weekend, catch Bilal at The Shrine, presented by Giant Step and Dusty Groove, to experience the voice Janelle Monáe once described as a Van Gogh painting.
"A Place in My Heart" by Taylor McFerrin and Ryat has been on heavy rotation in our office for months, so we're thrilled to see some visuals. They're guaranteed to be good, coming from the best new West Coast record label, Brainfeeder, owned by Flying Lotus who's just made his own very successful foray into directing music videos with Erykah Badu's "Gone, Baby..." and Bilal's "Levels".
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Today is the anniversary of the death of super-producer/magical alien creature J Dilla. It also happens to be a few days after his birthday. So if you've seen Dilla news, mixes, tributes and events all over the place, it's because now is the time to pay tribute - J Dilla passed away five years ago today. In honor of Dilla, here's a couple of the best tributes we've seen on the webs.
Our friends at The Revivalist interviewed four of Dilla's peers and other musicians influenced by his work: Bilal (neo soul pioneer, Dilla collaborator), Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, (arranger/composer of Suite for Ma Dukes, collaborator with many of those influenced by Dilla) Wajeed (Producer and MC, of Slum Village / Platinum Pied Pipers) and Shafiq Husayn (Sa-Ra Creative Partners, Founding Member; Master Teacher). Read their conversation, "Nothing Like This: Meditations on Dilla." There's some great insight to classic old recordings, and of course, heavy praise.
Another popular one is Complex's article, "10 Facts About J Dilla You Might Not Know" by Chairman Mao. We won't give any of those facts away, but no matter how die-hard Dilla you are, it's worth checking out.
Bilal's killer album Airtight's Revenge dropped in September, so it's only natural that remixes start coming out now. But it will be near impossible to top this Black Milk remix of "Dollar."
Bilal - Dollar (Black Milk Remix)[MP3]
Check out the new video from Bilal's latest album Airtight's Revenge, the directorial debut by highly acclaimed musician Flying Lotus. This video for "Levels" is an appropriate spaced-out trip with multi-dimensional planes, omniscient third eyes, and naturally, Erykah Badu as the goddess. The video also includes a cameo from Thundercat and the producer of the song, Shafiq Husayn. Congratulations to Bilal on his Grammy nomination for the song dedicated to his children, "Little One," another great single from Airtight's Revenge.
Buy the Levels EP on iTunes, with remixes by Sonnymoon & Flying Lotus